Iowa Men's Basketball to Appear on Big Ten's Greatest Games

Feb. 11, 2011


CHICAGO – The fourth season of The Big Ten’s Greatest Games continues at 4 p.m. (CT) Monday with Iowa’s 2005 Big Ten Tournament victory over a 13th-ranked Michigan State Spartan team at the United Center in Chicago. The Hawkeyes overcame late foul trouble to hang on for a 71-69 upset, paving the way for their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament berth.

With two Hawkeye starters fouled out and three more critically close, Iowa rallied to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Big Ten’s leading free-throw shooter, Alan Anderson, had a two-shot chance to give Michigan State the win in the game’s waning seconds, but missed both attempts as Iowa’s Jack Brownlee pulled down the rebound before being fouled on the ensuing possession. The senior guard sunk his second free throw to give the Hawkeyes a two-point edge and force a last-chance Spartan inbounds play, which Iowa senior Jeff Horner diverted to secure the win. Mike Henderson (17), Greg Brunner (17) and Horner (16) combined to score 50 of Iowa’s 71 points en route to victory.

New episodes of the 11-episode series debut at 4 p.m. (CT) every Monday for nine straight weeks through March. The list of classics features Big Ten fans’ most commonly requested games over the past year. Check out the full schedule at

The network is in the planning stages for a fifth football season of The Big Ten’s Greatest Games. Fans are encouraged to nominate their favorite historical contests by visiting